Nextech AR Adopts Lidar For Real-World Metaverse Mapping Platform


August 24, 2022

Nextech AR Solutions, which provides augmented reality (AR) and 3D model services, has announced that its ARway no-code spatial computing platform for the real-world metaverse is now adopting lidar technology to create hyper-accurate meshes for its software. The move to lidar enhances the ability of ARway to create high-quality meshes and spatial mapping solutions, the company said.

Lidar sensors are capable of creating precise three-dimensional images of an environment, and to measure distances and the velocity of road-traffic participants, obstacles and pedestrians. Nextech said lidar provides a much more dense point cloud than video-to-point cloud technology, producing a hyper-accurate model of the environment scanned.

Nextech said this was an important technological advancement for ARway, because the software can now leverage lidar to produce a highly detailed 3D digital twin for use by creators in its Map Studio Portal, as well as an information-rich point cloud to localize with. For example, realtors using lidar have greater spatial awareness from remote locations in context of the room or zone, and can create AR-enhanced wayfinding and spatial experiences with greater reliability and accuracy. They also have access to a richer data set connecting spaces digitally in three dimensions.

The software also allows for robust Dynamic Anchoring for visitors, which lets them localize anywhere within the Spatial Map – users just need to take out a smartphone and scan a space, wherever they are, the company said.

“We are constantly analyzing new technologies that can give us a competitive edge in the market, and with our adoption of lidar which is bleeding edge technology, we believe we have gained that edge,” said Evan Gappelberg, CEO of Nextech AR. “Apple Computer has already invested billions into developing lidar, which is now available in some of the newer iPhones. Lidar essentially acts as a computer’s eyes. Lidar has already found a perfect market fit in the automotive industry with all the new EV self-driving cars produced by Tesla and others adopting lidar technology. We believe it’s also a perfect product market fit for AR wayfinding and that adopting lidar technology for our ARway solution will give users hyper-accurate spatial maps and provide deep analytics within the map, which is exactly what our customers are telling us they want.”

The ARway software has an unlimited number of use cases for augmenting physical spaces in the metaverse, consisting of indoor navigation with AR activations to improve a visitor experience in large and complex spaces. Nextech AR said value propositions span multiple industries and use cases, for use by creators, brands and companies.

Customers can utilize the ARway mobile app (iOS or Android) or web-based creator platform. With the mobile app, anyone can spatially map their location within minutes using their smartphone, and populate it with interactive 3D content, augmented reality wayfinding, audio, text, images and more. The company provides pre-loaded 3D objects that creators can leverage to populate their metaverse. The platform has a Visual Position System (VPS) that Nextech refers to as Mapping and Localization, where users can map and enable VPS in any area through the platform. Occlusion, depth sensing and segmentation are also available. Users can share their metaverse with others, creating a new level of immersive interactivity for social, branding, advertising, gaming and other metaverse experiences, Nextech AR said.

The web-based creator platform provides advanced authoring capabilities compared to the mobile app, including the ability for creators to upload their own OBJ/GLB files, and create their own 3D objects. Placing content in a large area using just the mobile app requires that the user is physically in the specific location, which is unscalable. The web studio allows users to place and author content remotely, and at scale, the company said.

In addition, ARway offers a software development kit (SDK), which includes code libraries and API information that lets developers build their own mobile apps on iOS and Android that leverage the ARway technologies. To request early access for the SDK, click here.

For more details on the company, visit the Nextech AR website here.


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